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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Bethune Beach

USA, South East, North Carolina

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 Access

Head south from New Smyrna on A1A untill you see the sign for bethune beach then turn into the parking area on the left.

English (Translate this text in English): Head south from New Smyrna on A1A untill you see the sign for bethune beach then turn into the parking area on the left.

English (Translate this text in English): Head south from New Smyrna on A1A untill you see the sign for bethune beach then turn into the parking area on the left.

English (Translate this text in English): Head south from New Smyrna on A1A untill you see the sign for bethune beach then turn into the parking area on the left.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Powerful, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Sharks

 Additional Information

I have seen this spot hold double over head to 15' waves and break like Todos Santos on a small day. its a quick wave that requires good judgement of when and when not to pull into the barrel. But if its big and no off shore winds. Dont think that the power isnt there. Seen alot of boards trashed here. Best I have ever seen it was during Hugo. 10 mph offshores and about 12 to 15'. Barrels so long it was unimaginable. But also the worst wipeouts I have ever had.

English (Translate this text in English): I have seen this spot hold double over head to 15' waves and break like Todos Santos on a small day. its a quick wave that requires good judgement of when and when not to pull into the barrel. But if its big and no off shore winds. Dont think that the power isnt there. Seen alot of boards trashed here. Best I have ever seen it was during Hugo. 10 mph offshores and about 12 to 15'. Barrels so long it was unimaginable. But also the worst wipeouts I have ever had.

English (Translate this text in English): I have seen this spot hold double over head to 15' waves and break like Todos Santos on a small day. its a quick wave that requires good judgement of when and when not to pull into the barrel. But if its big and no off shore winds. Dont think that the power isnt there. Seen alot of boards trashed here. Best I have ever seen it was during Hugo. 10 mph offshores and about 12 to 15'. Barrels so long it was unimaginable. But also the worst wipeouts I have ever had.

English (Translate this text in English): I have seen this spot hold double over head to 15' waves and break like Todos Santos on a small day. its a quick wave that requires good judgement of when and when not to pull into the barrel. But if its big and no off shore winds. Dont think that the power isnt there. Seen alot of boards trashed here. Best I have ever seen it was during Hugo. 10 mph offshores and about 12 to 15'. Barrels so long it was unimaginable. But also the worst wipeouts I have ever had.

Atmosphere

Plenty of room to surf there. no pier or jetty so you can spread out quite a bit. Spot hold 100 or so surfers with no crowding. Locals are very friendly, just as long as you are.

English (Translate this text in English): Plenty of room to surf there. no pier or jetty so you can spread out quite a bit. Spot hold 100 or so surfers with no crowding. Locals are very friendly, just as long as you are.

English (Translate this text in English): Plenty of room to surf there. no pier or jetty so you can spread out quite a bit. Spot hold 100 or so surfers with no crowding. Locals are very friendly, just as long as you are.

English (Translate this text in English): Plenty of room to surf there. no pier or jetty so you can spread out quite a bit. Spot hold 100 or so surfers with no crowding. Locals are very friendly, just as long as you are.

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By surfernsc@hotmail.com , 01-10-2004

WRONG LOCATION ! - THIS SPOT IS IN FLORIDA NOT NORTH CAROLINA !!!

By better than a lake , 05-05-2004

Florida is ok for waves - Is low tide the best time to surf?

By NSB local , 28-04-2004

get real - I'm a New Smyrna local and have surfed Bethune regularly over the last 30 years. A great spot but the report given is full of exaggeration. Holds 15 ft.? Barrels so long it was unimaginable? I think not. Here's some truth for the report - It does line up well as opposed to a lot other florida beachbreaks, lots of long workable walls and some hollow sections. It can definitely hold well overhead on hurricane swells. Good mellow vibe in the water, be cool and show some respect you'll have no problems.

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